Tauranga council plans new environmentally sustainable office

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New Zealand’s largest timber office building is due to be constructed in Tauranga. The plan aims for a net-zero carbon footprint during construction.

The 10,000 sqm building will use timber in place of traditional concrete and steel, with a view to reducing carbon emissions. It will also feature a rainwater harvesting system and electric vehicle charging spaces.

The building will house the Tauranga City Council. Council Commission chairperson Anne Tolley said they wanted to push the boundaries with a wholly-sustainable design.

Mark McGuinness, the executive chairperson of Willis Bond, the developer, said that the goal was to keep as much carbon in the ground as possible and to walk with a light footprint.

Construction of the building is expected to start later this year and be completed before the end of 2024. The building architects are Warren and Mahoney.

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